Recommended Number of Weekly Driving Lessons

Bradley’s driving school recommend the best way to learn to drive is to take at least 3 to 4 hours per week.

Pupils taking only 1 hour per week take much longer to learn, sometimes taking over a year to sit the test.

At Bradley’s we offer a well-designed training programme which will save you time and money; a higher level of knowledge, understanding, attitude and skill.

You will have a much better chance of passing the “L” test 1st time and in the process accomplishing safe driving skills for life.

At Bradley’s we realize how much information the pupil has to take on board... We often hear pupils say “I didn't realize that there was so much to take in”

At Bradley’s we will learn you in short easy manageable steps, which will make learning to drive much quicker and more fun.

Giving a pupil too much information will result in inefficient lessons, thus taking longer to learn.

Driving lessons are planned so that they meet the needs and ability of the pupil.
Some people find learning to drive easy while others struggle with the challenge.
It is imperative that lessons are matched to the pupil’s ability. Mismatching lessons and ability can lead to a loss of confidence and disappointment.

Congratulations to Patrick Kemp who completed his driving lessons in Durham and passed 1st time with only 6 minor faults


Cockpit drill including ancillary controls

Moving off & stopping using the Mirror Signal Manoeuvre routine

Changing up through the gears- Changing down through the gears (block changing)

Moving off Uphill, Downhill and moving off on an angle (from behind a parked car)

Normal driving position on wide roads, narrow roads and road positioning on bends

Passing parked cars giving adequate clearance

Approaching junctions left major to minor.

T junctions emerging left (Once approaching & emerging are mastered turning left without much help from the instructor, you will then move onto right hand turns)

Approaching junctions right major to minor.

T junctions emerging right

Crossroads emerging, and approaching including unmarked crossroads

Roundabouts including lane changing

Dealing with meeting situations

Hazard awareness (scanning and planning)

Following distance including 2 second rule

Overtaking cyclists including horse riders

Traffic lights including filter lanes

Road positioning in one way roads

Turning right at traffic lights including box junctions

Pedestrian crossings including level crossings

Making progress in town, knowing how to judge speed limits

Making progress on country roads, knowing how to judge speed limits

Controlled stop (formally know as the emergency stop)

Joining dual carriageways

Leaving dual carriageways

Emerging right onto dual carriageways

Overtaking on dual carriageways

Night driving

Bad weather driving (discussed in theory where appropriate)

Man oeuvres 

Straight Reversing

Turn in the Road

Reverse Left

Reverse Right

Reverse Park

Use of Car Parks

Congratulations to Carly McGuiggin from Chester-Le-Street who took driving lessons in Durham and passed 1st time with only 4 minor faults